To get everyone ready for Atlanta United’s weekend matchup against D.C. United, we spoke to Black and Red United’s Ben Bromley to get his take on their outlook for the rest of the season, Wayne Rooney, and the current issues between the club and their supporters.
DSS: DC is currently the worst team in the East, but they have a few games in hand on everyone else and a lot of home matches left. Do you feel like DC’s season is already over or is there hope for them to make a run and compete for a playoff spot?
BRU: Given that they’ve only played three games at home so far, I don’t think their season is over. That said, it will still be very difficult for them to make the playoffs. They will have to maintain an average of over two points per game at home to really make a run, and while possible (and while that would be exciting), it will take a big lift to get there.
DSS: What’s been the fan reaction to Wayne Rooney?
BRU: It was mixed initially, but everyone was very impressed by his debut. He was immediately and clearly the best player on the field, and his passing and vision improved the play of all of D.C. United’s attackers. If he can do that after a week of being with the team, we are super excited to see what he can do and what he can allow everyone else to do.
DSS: Speaking of the fans, there’s been a lot of coverage around the rift between the club and a couple of the supporter groups in regards to ticketing. What can you tell us about that?
BRU: It is a large and messy situation. The best piece so far about it has come from SB Nation’s own Kim McCauley, so you should read what she said instead of listening to me try to sum it up.
Editor’s Note: Definitely read McCauley’s piece. It’s very good.